IPL 2013 April 13, 2013

Must be 'smart' while batting in T20s - Gayle

ESPNcricinfo staff
A round-up of IPL news on April 13

Chris Gayle, in his column in Indian newspapers, has said there's "no secret" to his success in Twenty20 cricket. "I often get asked about my approach to T20 cricket. You have to be a lot smarter than thinking it's about firing away from the first ball," he wrote. "I suppose I might have an advantage over other players in terms of having the power to hit big, but I believe it's important to get yourself in before you start going for the big shots. When I'm out in the middle, that's when I feel I'm in the best position to assess the bowlers, the conditions, the match situation and I take it forward from there." Clear thinking there, ahead of Royal Challengers Bangalore's marquee clash with Chennai Super Kings on Saturday evening.

CSK likely to keep Morris ahead of Albie
Albie Morkel has fully recovered after twisting his ankle in a South African domestic match last Sunday, but it is improbable that he will take the field against Royal Challengers. Coach Stephen Fleming said on Friday that Super Kings are likely to stick to their combination of overseas players for now. They had gone in with Chris Morris, Michael Hussey, Dwayne Bravo and Dirk Nannes in their previous game, against Kings XI Punjab. "He [Morkel's fitness] looks good. But to be honest, while he's always a chance, given how well the team played in the last match, it will be difficult to make a change," Fleming said on the eve of the Royal Challengers game. "The overseas players did really well in the last game but often a little twisted ankle or a small injury gives other people opportunities. So, we'll have a good chat after training and make sure there are no such injuries. If that's the case, it will be hard for Albie to push his way into the XI."